food, gardening, Health

Spring Cuttings – Free Plants

Source:
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/460229/How-to-get-shrubs-for-free-with-hardwood-cuttings-in-February

While spring doesn’t start, officially until 20th March, if you have a sheltered outdoor space, cold frame, mini greenhouse or somewhere frost free (but ideally not indoors, as it tends to be too warm) Even a shed will or cold garage will do as plants will root in the dark, as long as its not too dry.

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How to get shrubs for free with hardwood cuttings in February

I will start taking Buddlia cuttings, and a few other hardy shrubs in Feb, when I start to do the pruning. With a bit of luck these will be ready for this years Grow Local Event in May! 
A 50/50% multipurpose compost/grit mix works for me. Add perlite if you don’t have grit.
A hormone rooting powder or gel is optional (never dip straight into the container, always take some out of the pot or dub, and use that)

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“Other summer-flowering shrubs that need pruning now include hydrangeas, Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternate), Californian lilacs (Ceanothus burkwoodii), Rose of Sharon or St John’s Wort (Hypericum) and Lavatera.

You can also propagate fruit bushes such as blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries now using the same method.”

There’s something satisfying when a couple of months later, after resting in a sheltered space, roots can be seen peeking from the bottom of pots, and many healthy plants are there when you split them up into individual pots later.

James from TT

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